Government and Politics in South Asia

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weary of the civil war, but neither side's leaders appear to have the strength or the willingness to end it.


The Future of Democracy in Sri Lanka

The future of Sri Lanka is still clouded by both the violence with the LTTE and the increasing violence by the followers of the established Sinhalese parties. A breakdown in communication has occurred between the two major ethnic groups, the Sinhalese and the Sri Lanka Tamils, and between the youth of Sri Lanka and the older generation. It is still uncertain whether the government will be able to resolve these problems to an extent that they will be able to address the economic problems facing the country.

Sri Lanka's future depends on the resolution of the violence in the country. However, after peace is established the nation will face the prospect of building its economy. In the long run the economic issues will be the key to Sri Lanka's future. The youth-led civil wars have been fueled in part by the inability of the economy to provide jobs and a secure future to Sri Lanka's educated youths. The failure to accelerate economic development may lead to another JVP insurrection in the future and an unending ethnic crisis.


Notes
1.
World Bank, World Development Report, 1997 ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1997), pp. 196-197.
2.
W. Howard Wriggins, Ceylon: Dilemmas of a New Nation ( Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1960), chapter 8.
3.
Government of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Socio-Economic Data, 1984.

Suggested Readings

Bandarage Asoka. Colonialism in Sri Lanka ( New York: Mouton Press, 1983).

Chandraprema C. A. Sri Lanka, The Years of Terror: The JVP Insurrection, 1987-1989 ( Colombo: Lake House Bookshop, 1991).

DeSilva Colvin R. Ceylon Under the British Occupation 1795-1833: Its Political, Administrative, and Economic Development, 2 vols. ( Colombo: Colombo Apothecaries, 1962).

DeSilva C. R. Sri Lanka: A History ( New Delhi: Vikas Publishing, 1987).

DeSilva K. M. A History of Sri Lanka ( Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981).

_____. Managing Ethnic Tensions in Multi-Ethnic Societies: Sri Lanka, 1880-1985 ( Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1986).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables and Illustrations ix
  • Preface to the Fourth Edition xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Notes 4
  • 1 - The Governance of South Asia Under the British 5
  • Suggested Readings 18
  • Part One - INDIA 19
  • 2 - Political Culture and Heritage 21
  • Suggested Readings 52
  • 3 - Political Institutions and Governmental Processes 55
  • Suggested Readings 90
  • 4 - Political Parties and Political Leaders 92
  • Suggested Readings 120
  • 5 - Groups and Multiple Demands on the System 122
  • Suggested Readings 139
  • 6 - Conflict Mediation 140
  • Suggested Readings 150
  • 7 - Modernization and Development: Prospects and Problems 151
  • Suggested Readings 159
  • Part Two - PAKISTAN 161
  • 8 - Political Culture and Heritage 163
  • Suggested Readings 174
  • 9 - Government Structure 175
  • Suggested Readings 183
  • 10 - Political Parties and Political Leaders 184
  • Suggested Readings 200
  • 11 - Conflict and Mediation 202
  • Suggested Readings 212
  • 12 - Policy Issues 213
  • Suggested Readings 223
  • 13: Modernization and Development 224
  • Part Three - BANGLADESH 231
  • 14 - Political Culture and Heritage 233
  • Suggested Readings 246
  • 15 - Government Institutions 247
  • Suggested Readings 257
  • 16 - Elections, Parties, and Interest Groups 259
  • Suggested Readings 279
  • 17 - Conflicts and Resolution 281
  • Suggested Readings 291
  • 18 - Modernization and Development: Prospects and Problems 292
  • Suggested Readings 299
  • Part Four - SRI LANKA 301
  • 19: Political Culture and Heritage 303
  • 20: Government Structure 316
  • 21: Political Parties and Interest Groups 331
  • 22: Conflict Mediation 346
  • 23: The Search for Prosperity 352
  • 24 - Modernization and Development: Prospects and Problems 358
  • Suggested Readings 362
  • Part Five - SOUTH ASIA 365
  • 25 - Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives 367
  • Suggested Readings 381
  • 26 - South Asia as a Region and in the World System 382
  • Suggested Readings 402
  • 27 - Conclusion: Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia 404
  • Suggested Readings 411
  • Statistical Appendix 413
  • Index 415
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